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Elucidation of substrate binding interactions in a membrane transport protein by mass spectrometry.

Integration of biochemical and biophysical data on the lactose permease of Escherichia coli has culminated in a molecular model that predicts substrate-protein proximities which include interaction of a hydroxyl group in the galactopyranosyl ring with Glu269. In order to test this hypothesis, we studied covalent modification of carboxyl groups with carbodiimides using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and demonstrate that substrate protects the permease against carbodiimide reactivity. Further more, a significant proportion of the decrease in carbodiimide reactivity occurs specifically in a nanopeptide containing Glu269. In contrast, carbodiimide reactivity of mutant Glu269-->Asp that exhibits lower affinity is unaffected by substrate. By monitoring the ability of different substrate analogs to protect against carbodiimide modification of Glu269, it is suggested that the C-3 OH group of the galactopyranosyl ring may play an important role in specificity, possibly by H-bonding with Glu269. The approach demonstrates that mass spectrometry can provide a powerful means of analyzing ligand interactions with integral membrane proteins.[1]


  1. Elucidation of substrate binding interactions in a membrane transport protein by mass spectrometry. Weinglass, A.B., Whitelegge, J.P., Hu, Y., Verner, G.E., Faull, K.F., Kaback, H.R. EMBO J. (2003) [Pubmed]
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